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Disappointing retail result of Xian backlash?

Reported by Chrish - December 20, 2005

In his "My Word" segment on the Big Story today 12/20/05, John Gibson appeared to try to tie what has so far been a rather disappointing retail season to his ridiculous "war" on Christmas. In the context of talking about his book and the "war" he insists we're in, he said

"Next year there will be changes because these retail operations got burned this Christmas season."

It occurs to me that sales may be down for other reasons. More people are out of work longer, jobs are being downsized and outsourced, replacement jobs pay far less, gas prices and home heating costs are much higher this year and people are bracing for big bills, food and tuition are going through the roof...people just have less to spend. I suspect too that a growing number of people are weary - weary of war, weary of belligerence from the government, weary of human suffering on massive scales. Charitable contributions are on a lot of people's lists and perhaps the consumerism that drives our economy is leveling off. It's heresy to capitalists, but maybe people are just tired of so MUCH and it has nothing to do with Gibson's ridiculous book and "war."

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